Nestled deep within the beauty of Big Sur is a wonder that's almost too beautiful to believe. You can take a hidden trail to one of the best beaches in California, and it's stunning. Who says you have to leave the state to have an adventure to remember?\nIf you love finding nature's colorful surprises, then you don't want to pass up Pfeiffer Beach. This undeveloped natural landscape is lovely.\nAll around you, there are towering cliffs, lush forests, and the sight of the bright blue sea. Since the road to get here is unmarked, it's still a local gem.\nAs you walk along the shores, you'll be wowed by the shimmering purple sand. It looks totally out of this world!\nWondering what makes it all so colorful?\nThe presence of natural minerals and pieces of quartz and granite causes the sparkling lavender hues to appear.\nNearby rock formations are just as stunning. Take a look around, and you'll find 'keyholes' in them, carved out by wind and water erosion. It certainly makes for a stunning photo spot during sunset.\nIt's even dog-friendly, as long as your pup is on a leash.\nHow do you find this magical beach?\nView this post on Instagram The universe we live in creates purple sand. . Magic is everywhere. Miracles happen every second. Gaia is filled with infinite wonder and beauty. The best part of all of this is that the same divine excellence exists in every one of us 🖤 . . . . . #purplesand #bigsur #beach #beautiful #colors #magic #miracles #travel #explore #wanderlust #journey #trip #california #love #nature #art #ocean #sand #water #serene #miracle #purple #divine #coast A post shared by Leila Ziari (Layla) 🌙 🎶 (@leilaziarii) on Dec 19, 2019 at 10:42pm PST\nTo get there, you can either drive or take a bus from the Big Sur Visitor Area. Since the Pfeiffer Beach parking lot is small, check with the ranger to see how busy it is before you go.\nView this post on Instagram 🎵 The river is flowing flowing and growing The river is flowing back to the sea Mother Earth is carrying me, her child I will always be Father sky is guiding me back to the sea 🎵 #purplesand #bigsur #pfeifferbeach #sunset #california #explorecalifornia A post shared by Raine Skye (@raine.skye.photography) on Jan 18, 2020 at 5:20pm PST\nDay lot parking requires an entrance fee of $10 cash per vehicle.\nSince there aren't any signs on the road, finding the lot can be tricky. You'll travel down Highway 1 onto Sycamore Road, which winds down to the beach.\nFollow the path for 2 miles. If you see a yellow "narrow road" sign at the turn-off, you'll know you're going the right way. You can find full driving instructions here.\nSince the tide is strong and the water's cold, this isn't your typical swimmer's beach. But there are plenty of beautiful places to explore and take in the magnificent coastal views.\nView this post on Instagram Природа умеет удивлять - пляж с фиолетовым песком #👋🏻 #roadtrip #unitedstates #adventuretime #highway1 #naturelover #colori #worldaroundus #beautiful #bigsur #bigsurcoast #pfeifferbeach #visitcalifornia #zarawoman #sand #beachvibes #pacificcoast #usatrip #pacifichighway #westside #rainbowbeach #girlslovetravel #purple A post shared by 𝒰𝓃 𝒜𝓃𝑔𝑒𝓁𝑜 (@m_i_l_e_n_a__k) on Jun 9, 2019 at 12:59am PDT\nIf you love colorful getaways and out of this world experiences, this is one adventure you'll truly have to see to believe.\nView this post on Instagram Pretty purple sand + patterned stones. #rainyday #purplesand #californiacoast #traveldeeper #darlingescapes #pursuepretty #wanderlust #neverstopexploring #bevisuallyinspired #purpleaesthetic #thehappynow #petitejoys #postitfortheaesthetic #visualcrush #prettylittleinspo #acolorstory #flashesofdelight #createexplore #snapseedaily A post shared by ✐ Olivia (@livperspective) on Jun 18, 2019 at 11:31pm PDT\nWhile you're in the area, you can also visit a stunning black sand beach that's only a short drive away.\nPfeiffer Beach\nPrice: $10 cash park entrance fee per vehicle\nHours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily\nLocation: Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California\nWhy You Should Go: You can explore an actual purple sand beach in California.\nWebsite\nEditor's Note: No overnight camping is allowed. The nearest supply store is 5 miles away at Big Sur Valley Area, so plan accordingly. Some consider the beach clothing optional.\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.